The new South Australian cycling team Euride Racing, under “Director of Sportiffe” Kahl Bobridge, has pulled off an upset win in a National Road series leg, held in Adelaide for the first time, on the weekend.
Bobridge, from Evanston and father of Olympian Jack, took on the challenge of managing the first South Australian based team in the series, and is proud of how his young charges performed over the three days.
“It was a remarkable result to win the tour, and will fill the boys with confidence, as they have been steadily improving over the first three legs, but to actually win is a real feather in their caps,” Kahl said. “On Friday they won the shorter time trial, which was expected because of their local knowledge, but to hang on over the next two gruelling days was sensational and shows they have plenty of determination – I could not be prouder. They were up against several hardened teams, high profile teams, which demonstrates there is a lot of maturity in this young group.”
The first five riders over the line on Friday, in the Jarvis Subaru Adelaide Tour, were Euride Racing members, Harry Carpenter, George Tansley, Tom Kaesler, Russell Gill and Josh Harrison, with the first four on equal time, seven seconds ahead of Harrison.
While day one featured a 20.9km course from Cudlee Creek to Newton, which was covered in 24:19.8 by the leaders, Saturday’s stage between Woodside and Hahndorf was 158.4km and a testing day. Carpenter, Kaesler and Tansley remained in the front pack, just five seconds behind the winner, to retain the leading positions.
On the final day (Sunday), over an 82km course starting at Newton, the front three managed to stay just two seconds behind the winner, to ensure victory for Euride Racing, and all three podium positions to team members – Tansley, Carpenter and Kaesler.
The series includes 16 races, with the team’s next event, the fifth, from June 19, in Narrabri, NSW for the North Western Cycling Tour.